On October 16, 2015, students (from middle school to university levels), young professionals, and members of the public had an opportunity to participate in a live event where they learned about the possible first Mars airplane. During “The Mars Airplane Live Event”, keynote speaker and NASA Armstrong Chief Scientist Albion Bowers explained the inspiration for the PRANDTL-M (Preliminary Research AerodyNamic Design to Land on Mars) airplane. Mr. Bowers educated the audience on Mars and how PRANDTL-M may be the first airplane to glide through the Martin atmosphere. Mr. Bowers also explained the crucial role that NASA interns play in the development of PRANDTL-M.
The event was jointly hosted by AIAA, the AERO Institute, and NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center.